Stella Julianna glanced up from reading her book, Heather Bells. She was contemplating her cozy life since she came to live with her Mama, Miss Jennie. Many days, she played and daydreamed by herself. She had toys and books just her size, and she loved snuggling and pretending with the soft animals, especially her giraffe and the very soft lamb. She also liked listening to stories from the antique dolls. Miss Ruby always had a tale about her adventures in New England last summer, and the older dolls reverently told about long-ago times when they lived with little girls who were all grown up and gone away now.
Then there were the special times with Mama! Julianna knew that she wouldn’t catch a wink of sleep the night before the Portland Doll and Teddy Bear Show in January! She just knew there would be lots of things for her to look at there. When the day came, she had ever so much fun! She was admired by many people there, and even tried on a dress to help the mama of another Stella who hadn’t come to the show. With Mama’s help, she found a sweet felt dolly for herself, hats, and oh, so many dresses!
When she came home, Stella Julianna dreamed of lavender scented summer breezes when she could wear her new “Patsy” dress from the 1930’s, and play with the ducklings as they waddled over the lawn from their nearby pond.
While the weather was cold and rainy, Stella Julianna played fancy dress with her growing wardrobe.
Springtime came before she could say “Spring Freshet on Plum Creek,” and Julianna was wearing her pretty floral “Patsy” dress, admiring the Bleeding Hearts.
All summer long, Stella Julianna played and daydreamed. She hoped that she would get to travel soon, like Miss Ruby did. Mama told her that maybe when the next winter was over, a trip would present itself. Then, the days began to shorten, and the nights became deliciously cool for blankets on the bed again. Mama told Julianna it was time to make her a new Autumn dress.
Now that Stella Julianna had a warm and comfortable jumper for autumn, she could settle into the cozy indoors for her lessons.
Julianna was glad to have so many things to learn about, and a new jumper to wear while learning. She hoped that there would be new discoveries, and maybe even travels, to tell about soon.